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Paolo Conte Sketch

Paolo Conte Sketch

Reggie Watts Sketch

Reggie Watts Sketch

Eraserhead

Eraserhead
Jack Nance as Henry Spencer in Eraserhead (1977), David Lynch’s first feature film.

Bashar al-Assad Sketch

Bashar al-Assad Sketch

Joan Holloway Sketch

Joan Holloway Sketch

Dictator

Alexander Lukashenko
Alexander Lukashenko, “President” of Belarus since 1994.

Ben Wyatt

Ben Wyatt
Adam Scott as Ben Wyatt from Parks and Recreation.

April Ludgate

April Ludgate
Aubrey Plaza as April Ludgate from Parks and Recreation.

Ben Wyatt Sketch

Ben Wyatt Sketch

Edgard Varèse Sketch

Edgard Varèse sketch

Lucio Dalla, 4.3.1943 – 1.3.2012

Lucio Dalla
Ciao Lucio, grazie.

April Ludgate Studies

April Ludgate Studies

Boss Hogg

Boss Hogg
Sorrell Booke as J.D. “Boss” Hogg from The Dukes of Hazzard.
I used to watch this show with my grandfather Vittorio so this painting is dedicated to him.

Boss Hogg Sketch

Boss Hogg sketch

Charles Bronson Sketch

Charles Bronson Sketch

The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead

Steven Yeun as Glenn from The Walking Dead.

The sketch:

Glenn The Walking Dead sketch

I made a video of the painting process. It’s extremely sped up (the painting took well over 6 hours to complete) but aside from that there’s no editing so bad decisions, mistakes and moments of doubt are all included.

As usual you can see more images in my Portfolio Gallery.

More Cowbell

Guess what?! I got a fever and the only prescription is more cowbell!
Christopher Walken as fictional producer Bruce Dickinson in the famous Saturday Night Live sketch “More Cowbell”.

Here’s a short animation of the painting process:

More Cowbell animation

More shots in my Portfolio Gallery.

Howard “Bunny” Colvin

Howard "Bunny" Colvin
Robert Wisdom as Howard “Bunny” Colvin from The Wire.
More details in my Portfolio Gallery.

Bunny Colvin Progress

Bunny Colvin WIP

Grady Wilson

Grady Wilson
Whitman Mayo as Grady Wilson from Sanford and Son and its short-lived spin-off Grady. See more in my Portfolio Gallery.

Grady Wilson WIP

Grady Wilson WIP

Grady Wilson Sketch

Grady Wilson sketch

Remember Sanford and Son?

Bunny Colvin Sketch Take 2

Bunny Colvin WIP 2

I tweaked this before starting the paints and I definitely improved the likeness.
I can’t believe I thought the previous sketch was good enough!

Bunny Colvin Sketch

Bunny Colvin Sketch

Sketch of Howard “Bunny” Colvin from The Wire, the subject of my next TV painting.

Hank Lawson

Hank Lawson - Royal Pains

Mark Feuerstein as Hank Lawson from Royal Pains.

Bigger, detailed images in my Portfolio Gallery.

Hank Lawson WIP

Hank Lawson WIP

Swanson, p.i.

Swanson PI

Here’s Ron Swanson from Parks And Recreation starring in his own spin-off series, “Swanson, p.i.” Obviously a mashup with “Magnum, p.i.”, the iconic 1980s series starring Tom Selleck.

Ron Swanson is my favorite character on TV right now. The writers of the show and actor Nick Offerman have given him such depth that I can see Ron Swanson deal with any situation. It would be great if they actually did this series, where Ron quits the government, moves to Hawaii and becomes a private investigator, fighting bad guys with his trusty golden gun.

Fantasy Peaks

Fantasy Peaks
Another TV show character, this time it’s a remix of two characters from two different shows: Tattoo from Fantasy Island (played by Hervé Villechaize) as The Man From Another Place from Twin Peaks (originally played by Michael J. Anderson).
I thought it would have been funny if the guy who’d played a dwarf on one show had played a dwarf on another show too, hence the “TV mashup.”

Here’s a short breakdown of the process behind the painting.
I started with a clean sketch, no crosshatching and no shading.

sketch

I chose a medium dark color for the background to set the mood for the image and I started blocking in the main shapes to check that the composition was working.

background

Next I quickly painted the character in black and white to ensure the values were correct and the image read as three-dimensional.

black and white

The main color areas were blocked in as big, flat shapes on a separate layer in Color blending mode. This had the result of tinting the underlying b&w value study.

colors

Jump to several hours later when the skin tones have been found (see the palette in the top right corner) and enough shape and volume have been blocked in to render the line sketch superfluous.

blocking

The face is completed with the addition of strong highlights and the rest of the painting is brought up to the same level of detail.

detailing

All the details are in, the lighting is enhanced and the painting is done.

Fantasy Peaks

See a couple of close ups in my Portfolio Gallery.

There are several things I should improve but given that this is only my second ever digital painting I’m satisfied with the result and I’m moving on. One can only do so much in a single image and I know the next one will be better.

Frank Costanza

Frank Costanza

Digital painting of Jerry Stiller as Frank Costanza from Seinfeld.
The first in a series of portraits of TV show characters.

Playing, Painting, Fishing with John

John Lurie

My tribute to legendary composer, actor, painter and fisherman John Lurie.
More images and info in my Portfolio Gallery.

Le Rubirosa

Porfirio Rubirosa was the last of the great playboys. According to the legend he was extremely endowed, his appendage having been famously described by Truman Capote as “an 11-inch cafe au lait sinker as thick as a man’s wrist.”
Allegedly Parisian bistros to this day call the biggest pepper mill “le Rubirosa” so here’s my tribute to the great lothario, in the form of a magazine ad from the late Fifties/early Sixties.

Le Rubirosa
More images in my Portfolio Gallery.

Fringe: Walter

Walter Bishop
Portrait of Walter and Walternate Bishop from the TV show Fringe.
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Fringe: Peter

Peter Bishop
Portrait of Peter Bishop from the TV show Fringe.
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Fringe: Olivia

Olivia & Fauxlivia Dunham
Portrait of Olivia and Fauxlivia Dunham from the TV show Fringe.
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Rem Koolhaas

Rem Koolhaas
Quick, someone hire him as the next Bond villain!